Pateese set for debut delight

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: December 3 2012, 8:02 GMT

Anita Chambers previews today's meetings in the UK with Pateese fancied on his debut over fences at Plumpton.

Philip Hobbs: Sends Pateese over fences for the first time

KEMPTON: 2.20 Time Square, 2.50 Fairy Wing, 3.20 Silver Dixie, 3.50 Sillabub, 4.20 Songbird Blues, 4.50 Emulating, 5.20 Haaf A Sixpence, 5.50 Belinsky.

PLUMPTON: 12.40 Pendra, 1.10 PATEESE (NAP), 1.40 Bunglasha Lady, 2.10 Ballyman, 2.40 Little Roxy, 3.10 Laughing Game, 3.40 Kings Palace.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.25 Shy, 1.55 Trending, 2.30 Griffin Point, 3.00 Cerys, 3.30 Italian Riveria, 4.00 Sewn Up, 4.30 Bubbly Bailey, 5.00 Ebble.

DOUBLE: Pateese and Sillabub.

Pateese is definitely worth watching as he has his first outing over fences in the Jill's Big Birthday Beginners' Chase at Plumpton on Monday.

Philip Hobbs has evidently decided the time is right to switch from hurdling with Pateese rated on 140, the highest mark of his career to date.

The seven-year-old has certainly held his own over the smaller obstacles, finishing third in the 2011 Imperial Cup and hardly being disgraced when a close-up seventh in the conditionals' race at the Cheltenham Festival.

He also caught the eye when subsequently winning back at Prestbury Park in April before signing off with a fine effort when third at Haydock in May.

His mark obviously leaves little for Hobbs to work with though and as he can certainly jump a hurdle, there must be every hope he can transfer that ability to fences.

Bunglasha Lady deserves a second chance in the Tysers Mares' Handicap Hurdle after proving a bitter disappointment on her recent Ascot outing.

The seven-year-old was a three-time winner in 2011 but returning from 589 days off the track in Berkshire, she failed to sparkle.

Trainer Warren Greatrex put a hood on her that day but she was never really travelling and was pulled up before the second-last.

The handicapper has relented a couple of pounds since then and it is worth keeping the faith.

Sillabub can strike gold in the second division of the Betfred ''The Bonus King'' Maiden Stakes at Kempton.

She hails from an excellent family, with her dam being a half-sister to a Grade One winner, and this Raven's Pass filly showed a modicum of ability herself on her first outing at Newmarket.

John Gosden did not pitch her into action until the dying days of the Flat campaign, opting for a debut run at the beginning of November.

A creditable third will have done Sillabub the world of good and she should be much wiser for this event.

Division One can go the way of Silver Dixie who claimed a staying-on fifth behind a smart rival on debut at Wolverhampton last month.

Italian Riviera goes for a four-timer in the wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk Handicap.

Sir Mark Prescott's charge has come into his own since being stepped up to staying trips and switched to handicap company, winning at Kempton, Southwell and Wolverhampton.

While he is apparently not totally straightforward, he showed plenty of battling spirit to get up in the dying strides at this track last time and win by a neck.

He has gone up another 6lb for that victory but Prescott is famed for his ability with horses such as this.


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